How long does it take to become Law9000 certified?
Most firms complete the certification process in eight to 12 months.
However, some take up to two years.
Generally, how long it takes your firm will depend on a number of factors, including:
The size of your firm;
Whether you have written policies already in place;
The number of people who need to be trained or educated in Law 9000.
How can you sell the message within your firm?
The easiest way to sell Law9000 within your firm is to involve all staff in the
process of implementing it.
One of the key benefits of Law9000 is the way it can transform everyone’s work.
That’s why you should have everyone record what they do and how they do it as
the first step in preparing any policies and procedures.
This will help paint a big picture of what’s going on in the firm, which shows
everyone how they fit in.
When will you be ready for an audit?
The best way is to use your gap analysis. By measuring the way you’re working
against this document you can see whether or not any area needs attention.
Many firms choose to use an external Law9000 consultant to address any areas
they’re falling short in.
How much writing will you need to do?
That depends on how you record your policies and processes. One of the most important aspects of Law9000 is that everything you do becomes documented.
But a good rule to remember is that ‘less is often more’.
Auditors won’t be looking for how detailed your processes are, just that they are recorded. Often the best way to do this is visually through diagrams, workflow
charts, colour coding and other techniques. This can help simplify and reinforce
your message so that it reaches a broad audience.
Although it’s important that your documentation is consistent with the Law9000 framework, it’s also important that it’s expressed in a style that suits the way you
work and connects with the staff at your firm.
How many people need to be involved?
The simple answer is that everyone in your firm should be – at least to the
extent that they know what Law9000 is, why it’s being introduced and what
you hope to get out of it.
This means that everyone at your firm should at least go through the initial
Law9000 training program. That said, changing the way things are done can
lead to uncertainty and resistance.
That’s why you will need a sponsor within the firm (usually a senior partner
or manager) who can provide space in your business for the processes to be implemented and refined. They should also be responsible for giving Law9000
the recognition and support it needs to be successful.
You should also identify a project champion (someone with authority in your
firm) who should try to remove any obstacles to implementing Law9000 and
sell the importance of certification within the firm. They should be in charge
of communicating and resolving any problems.
What difference will Law9000 certification make?
Law9000 certified firms report higher growth, higher profits, improved
efficiency and reduced waste. But the benefits don’t end there.
A Melbourne University study showed firms who have gone through a
self-assessment and gap analysis program such as Law9000 report fewer
That’s why Law9000 certified firms receive a 10% discount on professional
Want more information?
We’re happy to answer any question you have about certification, including putting you in touch with a certification consultant or advisor, as well as certification mentors.
We can also arrange for you to visit a Law9000 certified firm so you can see first-hand
the benefits of certification.